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Gay Marriage, Confederate Flags & First Importance

It would be hard to exaggerate the historic magnitude of the ruling by the US Supreme Court this past week to legalize gay marriage across the US.  The decision has sparked a flurry of rants, tirades, and debates on social media the likes of which I have never seen.  Bumper sticker activism is at an all time climax with scores of people taking a stand on the high ground by putting rainbow overlays on their profile pictures.

At the same time, TV Land made the tragic decision to pull the long-venerated art noir drama “Dukes of Hazzard” from its rerun lineup.  This landmark television series depicted the daily trials of life in the rural south during the 1980’s.  It followed the Duke family as it worked to preserve its southern-born family values in the face of corrupt government and power-hungry local law enforcement.  But because the Confederate flag is depicted prominently on the show, TV Land pulled the show.

The whole world is on fire.

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Lo, I am with you always.

Lo, I am With You Always

One of the most precious promises in scripture is when Jesus promises to be with us to the end of the age.  It’s one of the last things He says to His disciples before He leaves (Matthew 28:19-20).  This week, it was more important to me than ever when Jesus showed up in an ambulance and proved His word to be true.

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Corrie Ten Boom on Forgiveness

Is there anything harder, or more beautiful, than forgiveness in the face of unspeakable evil?  This is an excerpt from the pen of Corrie Ten Boom.

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Bearing Another’s Burden

I volunteered tonight at an annual event in Winston Salem called “Christmas for the City” and had a moment of clarity.  It was the sort of clarity that you can only get when you do something outside of yourself.

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Speed Dating Jesus?

Are You Speed Dating Jesus?

There is a not-so-old mantra in Christianity that says “It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship.”  The sentiment is true enough (though I’d quibble about the usage of the word “religion” as a bad word).  Certainly, we could all agree that the goal of any Christian is to have some sense of intimacy with risen Jesus.

But too often this is just lip service.  It can be something we say because it’s true, but not something we deeply believe (despite it being true).

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Mark Driscoll, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Mark Driscoll has been a bad boy.  But this is nothing new.  He’s always had kind of a wild west rebel gunslinger approach to pastoring that has rubbed most of the old guard the wrong way.  But lately things have seemed to escalate.

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Bequeathing Memories

At the prodding of my wife Heather last night, I sequestered myself with my son in his room to play with Legos.  My son Owen was showing all the signs of an empty “love tank” (as Heather calls it) and play time is what fills Owen’s tank.

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Trusting God is No Picnic

Learning to trust God is a bit like learning to sky dive against your will and without a parachute.  You got on this crazy ride because the guy selling tickets told you that the sense of freedom you would experience once you got up there in the sky was life-altering.  What he didn’t tell you was that by “life-altering” he meant, “potentially life-ending”.

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5 Reasons Why Small Town Ministry is Vital

I’m a pastor of a small church in a small town.  I don’t want to sound like a whiner, but I’m tired of hearing prominent pastors and leaders encouraging a mentality that urban ministry is more important than rural and telling young, potential leaders to go to the big cities because that’s where their talent and gifting will be best utilized.

Gimme a break.

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